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Grateful Dead Live at Greek Theatre - University of California on 1984-07-15

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Grateful Dead Live at Greek Theatre - University of California on 1984-07-15

Set 1

Dancing In The Street ->
Bird Song
New Minglewood Blues
Cumberland Blues
My Brother Esau
Ramble On Rose
Hell In A Bucket

Set 2

Why Don't We Do It In The Road ->
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Don't Need Love ->
Drums ->
Space ->
China Doll ->
Throwing Stones ->
Not Fade Away

Brokedown Palace
Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Greek Theatre - University of California
Location Berkeley, CA

Source SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony D6/Maxell XLII-S90)
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> FLAC/16
Taped by Joani Walker and Paul Scotton
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
SBD -> PCM -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD (shnid=30641) supplies:
Drums (4:35 - 5:47)

-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Thanks to Joani Walker and Paul Scotton for the tapes
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2013
Subject: do it on the drums...
Who likes this stuff? Me does! I think this and the 7/13 show from the Greek represent the pinnacle of the '84 performances, along with 10/12 Augusta. This board is absolutely *crystalline* as well - just listen to Brother Esau, my god.....yes, Jerry's volume is pretty low in the first set, but ::::squint:::: yez ears, deadhead, and you'll find yourself honing on every note more than usual. Dig yourself some Brent on this one!

Set 1 - awesome. I absolutely can't agree with those who want to throw this out due to Jer's low volume - the entire band is absolutely smoldering red-hot. The Dancin' > Bird Song is beautifully exciting, Cumberland sears, listen to Ramble on ROSE, for god's sake - they really are on top of the game. Bobby was feeling so confident with that newfound energy on Bucket that they closed a short-but-oh-so-sweet first set. Jer's volume could be louder, sure, but I just love this golden-crystal-chalice sound they ride on.

Set 2 gets a little sloppy - China Cat > Rider hustles but not to the point of overkill, Playin' hits some nostalgic melancholia before riding that jazz line into UJB - the band can't resist to hit the jam first before resolving the first verse, and the subsequent jam is quite dark....Don't Need Love, yeah, I dunno - I'm kind of harsh on a lot of Brent's songs, but this one is all right enough. I think Jerry's occasional walking out might be due to the fact that there isn't any real structure to the song - it's like pleasantly bland elevator waiting-on-the-phone music, no place for a lead guitar....anyways, whenever the band put Brent right before Drums, esp. '84-'85, I thought it was rather puzzling. But where else is he gonna go?

Drums > Space is NO SLOUCH here - dig the 'world' xylophones and real, serious sense of purpose to all this - the entire band is onstage a good few minutes into Space, and it really is something to behold - don't take this stuff for granted, folks - turn it UP and let yourself ride it out - just listen to how this ting resolves itself into China Doll. Now, when they start this one you're halfway convinced they're going to fack it up all to hell, but this rendering is anything BUT that - this, my friends, is emotional perfection. Jerry dials that opening rhythm in, and they never waver from that fine, beautiful line - listen to Brent late into the song on the keys - love that 80s wood-flute sound-thing he did on the synth.

Throwing Stones *almost* gives it up, but they hang on and finish the show. Brokedown arrives in its rhythm with a thunderous bomb by Phil - ::woah, nellie:: - and a 2nd encore? Bring it, baby!
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2012
Subject: Garcia's Volume is better for 2nd set
The 1st set is disappointing, yes, because of Garcia's volume, or lack of volume.

So skip the first set. Set II rocks, and the volume is good (sans on Throwing Stones).

It's pretty sweet, also, that the band offered a second encore. How could it have been that Brokedown Palace was not enough? Unbelievable!

Just enjoy!

No stars for the 1st set (due to Garcia's very low volume);
Five stars for 2nd set.
Reviewer: patkelleyPA - favoritefavorite - July 16, 2010
Subject: this is so disappointing
The quality is great, but Garcia sounds like he's playing somewhere behind the stage, or far off somewhere, and can hardly be heard.
Reviewer: ravj61 - favorite - July 15, 2010
Subject: Who likes this stuff?
I find it very difficult to listen to and enjoy post-'77 GD. How is this music interesting? How could you possibly compare this version of "Bird Song" from one in the '72-'74 era? I was at a lot of these shows too, but this is just not up to snuff.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2010
Subject: I LOVE this show!
It starts off as well as any show could, the band is firing on all cylinders. I mean was Bird Song a continuation of DS from the first show? :)
Cumberland and Ramble On Rose are outstanding!Even Brother Esau is great.Then they power through an incredible Bucket to close the set.
The opener was easily another shocker and they play one of the better versions they would ever do of this song. Then Jerry drops right into China Cat which continues the high energy and a heart felt IKYR follows.
Playing is great not a long jam but very focused and highly enjoyable.
There is an cool surprise before the band drops into a amazing Uncle John's Band, I won't spoil it for you.
You next get what at the time was consider maybe the saddest song, and unnecessary to many, the band would ever play with Brent baring his soul for a hauntingly beautiful version of Don't Need Love. Jerry plays on this one and this may be the best one they ever played of it.
Brent even at this time was still not fully supported by many fans and I always think of this song as a possible response to that.
It stands the test of time as being one of the most confessional and intimate songs this band would ever play.

For me the D/S is maybe one of the best of the last 11 years of this bands long career. It is incredible. Mickey on the beam is wicked and to drop into China Doll was perfect.
They blown the doors wide open with a HUGE T. Stones> NFA and then a perfect double encore.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2009
Subject: 7-15-84
Wonderful both in performance and sound quality. Thanks Joani, Paul and thanks Charlie for this wonderful remaster.
Reviewer: JoeShoe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2009
Subject: Dancin at the Greek
This Dancin>Bird Song is one of my absolute favorite one/two openers. Right up there with the 6-11-93 Jack Straw>Foolish Heart(which I attended), and the Half Step-Jack Straw from 11-6-77. The Dancin is pure joy. Brent is sparkling and Jerry is buzzing, my favorite 80s Dancin for sure. Drops right into a grate Bird Song with Phil bombs galore, they dont come much finer than this folks. The rolling crash cymbals add to the crisp sound of this one-time-only combo. Dont pass this one up folks. A must have in any collection.
The rest of the show is very well played with China>Rider and China Doll shining brightly. Phil and Brent seem to be having fun with the Why Dont We Do It In the Road. "why dont we do it on the drums!"
The only low point for me is Dont Need Love, what that song was doing in the repertoire is a mystery to me. Jerry seems to agree cuz he walked out on this tune a couple times.
This show has a place in any serious GD collection.
5+ stars for PERFECT SBD!
5+ stars for Dancin>Bird Song.
4 stars for rest of show.
Reviewer: Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2009
Subject: if you hear that same sweet song again then you'll know why
possibly the hottest 3-night run, ANYWHERE...

easily my favorite charlie miller soundboards, along with Fox 10/29/85...

hats off to the tapers, too... god bless the and god bless the grateful dead.
Reviewer: pHagz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2009
Subject: deja Vu
As enjoyable now as it was 26 years ago, except I had to pee more often. Thank for bringing this to my living room.
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